Two Receive Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Awards To Teach at UAM

MONTICELLO, AR — Gervasio Ravarotto of Argentina and Yeison Martinez of Colombia have been awarded grants from the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program to serve as teaching assistants in Spanish and take courses at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for the 2015-16 academic year.

            While in the United States, they will share their language and culture with U.S. communities to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad.

According to an FLTA news release, Ravarotto and Martinez are “two of over 400 young educators from 50 countries who will travel to the U.S. in the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA Program to help internationalize U.S. colleges and universities, a key goal of many institutions as they prepare students for the 21st century workforce and globalized world.”

            Recipients of Fulbright FLTA grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as leadership potential.  Fulbright FLTA scholarships are awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
In the coming year, grant recipients from East Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Eurasia; the Middle East and North Africa; South and Central Asia; and Sub-Saharan Africa will contribute to U.S. students’ foreign language acquisition in more than 30 languages at over 200 U.S. institutions.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

            For more information, contact the UAM School of Arts and Humanities at (870) 460-1078.



(From left) Yeison Martinez of Colombia and Gervasio Ravarotto of Argentina are serving as Spanish teaching assistant at UAM for the 2015-16 academic year.


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